Garlic Pasta


Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this garlic pasta dish.  It packs a ton of flavor.

I have NO WORDS for how amazing this pasta dish is. It’s Jason and I’s FAVORITE pasta dish, ever. Ever, ever. Everytime I make this, Jason could probably propose to me all over again.

This pasta that uses nine (9) cloves of garlic. Seriously. The olive oil is infused with the nine finely minced cloves of garlic and half a stick of butter and then married with pasta sauce and the pasta.

All that sounds super tantalizing, huh? Are you licking your lips yet?


You won’t find the recipe here… (There’s a minor glitch right now – Megan’s in Alaska and she doesn’t get good service there so the recipe didn’t post, so I’ve got it posted below but will remove it once she has her post up!)

‘Cause I’ll need you to hop on over to newlywed Megan’s blog to grab the recipe! (It’s actually below – click “read more”)

Garlic Pasta

Prep Time 40 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 50 mins
Serves 4     adjust servings

Don't be fooled by the simplicity of this pasta. It's SO good and if you love garlic, you will adore this pasta dish!


  • 9 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti pasta
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 15 oz jar of homemade pasta sauce or store-bought
  • 8 oz baby portabella mushrooms, sliced


  1. In a medium pot, bring the olive oil and garlic to a boil then turn the heat down to low and let garlic and olive oil cook for 30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, cook your pasta according to the directions on the box.
  3. At the same time, in a very large skillet, cook your mushrooms in a bit of olive oil and add some S&P, to taste.
  4. When the pasta is done cooking, drain the pasta and add it to the skillet with the mushrooms.
  5. In the pot where the garlic oil is, add the 6 tbsp. of butter and let it melt completely. Once butter has melted, add the jar of pasta sauce and stir to mix well.
  6. Remove the garlic sauce from heat and pour all over the pasta in the skillet. Toss well to coat every strand.
  7. Serve with fresh basil or parsley and some freshly grated parmesan cheese!

Recipe Notes

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Melissa D'Arabian



Posted on August 23, 2012

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  1. 08/23/2012 at 6:19 am

    Wow wow wow Julie!! I am not a huge pasta fan (I swear I must be an alien), but this dish is tantalizing me! The pictures alone are enough for me to grab some pasta from the store and go to town. Honestly! It looks simple, fresh, and full of flavor. Kevin would die if I made this for him! Heading over to check out the recipe now :)

  2. 08/23/2012 at 8:38 am

    Oh, you TEASE!! That whole nine cloves of garlic thing is simply caaaaalling to me. It’s a really good thing my bf is as big a fan of garlic as I am, because my parents were convinced I’d never find a boy who’d want me and my love of stinky garlic. Ha!

    I can’t wait to read the recipe. :)

  3. 08/23/2012 at 8:54 am

    I can’t have pasta for a month, but you better believe i’m gonna make this, when I can!! Yummy!

  4. 08/23/2012 at 9:43 am

    My hubby loves garlic – like I can never add enough garlic so I can’t wait to try this for dinner. Makes me more excited to try that it is one of your favorites too!!

  5. 08/23/2012 at 9:45 am

    Don’t see the recipe on Megan’s site…let us know when it’s up! I’m obsessed with garlic :)

    • 08/23/2012 at 9:51 am

      I’ve added it to my post now. Click “read more” and it should be there :)

  6. 08/23/2012 at 10:03 am

    Thanks Julie!

  7. 08/23/2012 at 10:06 am

    Ah! This would have been perfect for last night. I absolutely *L-O-V-E garlic!!

  8. 08/23/2012 at 10:09 am

    Mm, pasta is a serious comfort food of mine. And this one kinda sorta makes me want to propose to you, too… NINE cloves of garlic? Forreals, I am gonna die and go to heaven. And those mushrooms on top look amazeballs.

  9. 08/23/2012 at 11:19 am

    Yum!! I’m a serious carb-aholic. Must try this! Thanks.

  10. 08/23/2012 at 11:31 am

    Oh gurllll, 9 cloves of garlic! I’m in love!!

  11. You had me at garlic ;)

    This recipe sounds really fantastic! I am a huge pasta lover so I’ll definitely be giving this a try! And I’m working on a party menu right now for a large crowd so I think this may fit the bill!

  12. 08/23/2012 at 12:48 pm

    sounds absolutely delicious!

  13. 08/23/2012 at 1:29 pm

    Talk about some serious comfort food. DELISH. Hubs loves all thing garlic. PINNED.

  14. 08/23/2012 at 1:37 pm

    Woohoo for Alaska! The pasta looks divine. :)

  15. Betsy
    08/23/2012 at 1:39 pm

    Recipe sounds delicious! Where did you get your dishes? Love them!

    • 08/23/2012 at 1:42 pm

      The plate with the scalloped edges I got at Kirkland’s and the smaller round plate above it, I got at Home Goods.

  16. YUM! Haven’t made pasta in a while but this looks awesome. Lovin the nine cloves of garlic.. :) And new follower! Love your blog!

    • 08/23/2012 at 2:05 pm

      Hey Kathy! Welcome :) so glad you found me :) garlic makes everything better! ;) looking forward to sharing more with you! xx

  17. This looks amazing – I can totally tell why it is your favorite! My husband will love it, making it soon!

  18. 08/23/2012 at 4:01 pm

    Ohh bummer Megan’s having difficulty with her site or post. Craziness. Are you trying to ward off the vampires? ;) I totally love garlicy dishes. This is awesome.

  19. 08/23/2012 at 5:16 pm

    LOVE garlic! My dad is allergic to garlic :( So Ill just have to make this for me and Matt. Oh bummer ;)

  20. 08/24/2012 at 12:42 am

    Dude, I’m a total garlic freak so this dish is just screaming my name! I’ll have to make this for Jason and see if he proposes to me! haha

  21. 08/24/2012 at 7:30 am

    How could this NOT be utterly fantastic??

  22. 08/24/2012 at 10:41 am

    This sounds amazing Julie! It’s total comfort food too :) I’m putting in on my to-do list for this fall when the weather gets cooler!

  23. 08/24/2012 at 10:41 am

    Pasta. Garlic. What’s not to love ; )

  24. 08/24/2012 at 11:04 am

    Ahhh, this sounds and looks ah-mazaing! I LOVE garlic, so this sounds like it’s right up my alley. And, love love love your plates…super cute!!

  25. 08/24/2012 at 11:13 am

    Wow, you’re like a putting-pasta-on-the-plate expert. I’ve tried before but get sauce everywhere and it never looks nice. This is beautiful and I love that is has tons of garlic! Going to go check out the recipe.

  26. 08/24/2012 at 11:24 am

    Garlic infused olive oil is my favorite ingredient of the moment. Love this and will head over to get the recipe NOW!

  27. This looks absolutely amazing!! And so super comforting! and your photos are so gorgeous!

  28. 08/26/2012 at 9:47 pm

    Anything that uses that much garlic has got to be a winner!

  29. 08/27/2012 at 1:36 am

    Mmmm.. that’s garlicky goodness!

  30. 08/27/2012 at 8:12 pm

    YUM…9 cloves of garlic…yep, I might need a mint..

  31. Jennifer
    06/02/2013 at 9:46 pm

    I made this for my husband and I and it was AMAZING!!!!! Something that will be made again and again!

  32. Meredith
    06/30/2013 at 7:35 am

    Julie – I think you should rename this dish – Holy Yum Pasta!!! It was incredible! So easy to make! I can’t wait to have the leftovers this week! My husband loved it!!

  33. 01/14/2014 at 2:55 pm

    i just noticed that this recipe was posted quite a while ago, but I just found it this week featured on Best Friends For Frosting. It was exactly what I needed last night! I was making meatballs, but I had no ingredients for a homemade sauce. All I had was the saddest jar of store bought sauce. Normally, if I *had to* use store bought sauce, I’d dump it into a sauce pan and add a few of my own seasonings and just hope for the best. I never like it as good as homemade, but it’s fine. Your method of making a garlic oil and then adding the sauce is SO MUCH BETTER. I actually didn’t even have butter, but I let the sauce simmer together with the garlic oil for a few hours and in the end my husband loved it so much that he hasn’t stopped talking about it. He doesn’t even usually like tomato-based sauces. Thanks for the idea!

    • 01/16/2014 at 8:49 am

      I’m so glad you found this recipe, Cristina! I love the garlic oil method, definitely bumps up the flavor! :)

  34. Svetlana
    04/13/2016 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you, Julie for this receipe. I’m a huge garlic fan, so when I saw the name of this dish I knew I would love it. And I did!

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